Canadian-born, Lisbon-based Michael Gary Dean is a composer and media artist who straddles both the avant-garde edges of digital art and the more traditional veins of classical music.
In 2015, Dean began performing electronic music under the pseudonym Wiklow. His approach is minimal and melodic, often characterized by “glitchy soundscapes – somewhere between Pole’s distorted dub and Burial’s storm-drenched shuffle” [FACT Magazine].
In his performances, Dean challenges the idea that the performer should be the focal point, often removing the stage entirely in order to place the audience on an equal level with the artist to create a shared experience. Sonically, he searches for frequencies and synchronicities that can provoke changes in the listener’s state of consciousness and elicit psychological reactions.
Through collaborations with artists of different mediums, often with a strong visual aspect, Dean has presented work worldwide, including notable appearances at MUTEK, Sonár and ISEA.